Indian Yellow Rice
This Indian-inspired Yellow Rice recipe is so fluffy and flavorful. Its vibrant color comes from ground turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice. Make this healthy side dish in less than 30 minutes!
- This Indian Yellow Rice recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan, but it full of amazing flavor!
- Yellow rice contains turmeric which is proven to be an anti-inflammatory spice.
- The chopped cashews on top add crunch and even more healthy nutrition.
How to Make This Recipe
Rinse your long-grain white rice in a fine-mesh sieve. Let the water run until it’s clear.
Bring rice and water or vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add remaining ingredients except for the cashews and cook 15-20 minutes. See the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements.
Fluff the Indian Yellow Rice and top with cashews before serving.
Is this Recipe Healthy?
- White rice sometimes gets a bad rap, but white rice tends to be easier to digest than brown rice. For this reason, white rice is sometimes even included in paleo diets as a “safe starch.”
- You can lower the glycemic effect of white rice by eating it with lots of high-fiber vegetables and a clean protein.
- White rice is also a very low allergenic food, so it is appropriate for a lot of people with food sensitivities.
- Rinse the rice before cooking. This removes starch from the surface of the rice and prevents the grains from becoming too sticky when cooked.
- If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, you can use 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead.
- Don’t add the cashews until just before serving. This will help keep them nice and crunchy!
- Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days.
Yes, just substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin for the cumin seeds.
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This Indian-inspired Yellow Rice recipe is fluffy and flavorful. It’s vibrant yellow color comes from ground turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice.
- 1 cup long-grain white rice (Jasmine or Basmati)
- 2 cups water or reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup chopped cashews
- Place the rice in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse it under cool, running water.
- Pour the rinsed rice into a medium saucepan. Add the water or vegetable broth and turn the heat to high.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, salt, pepper, and raisins.
- Cover the pot and let it cook for 15-20 minutes. The rice is done when it has absorbed all of the liquid.
- Use a fork to gently fluff the rice. Sprinkle the cashews on top and serve warm.
- You can use water or vegetable broth to cook the rice. The vegetable broth will give more flavor to the dish than using water.
- Store any leftover rice in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.
- If you don’t have a cinnamon stick, you can use ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead.
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Indian
Keywords: indian rice, yellow rice recipe, how to make yellow rice
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